Archive for the ‘Pink Link’ Category

Breast Cancer Death Rates Decline Drastically Over 20 Years

Posted By on February 16th, 2015 at 8:29 am | 0 comments.

Breast-Cancer-Survival-for-PLIn the past 20 years, breast cancer death rates have dropped dramatically.  According to the latest government statistics, breast cancer deaths decreased by 34 percent between 1990 and 2011 and experts believe that number has continued to drop over the past 4 years.  Why the decrease?

Researchers say death rates from breast cancer have declined due to better treatment, greater awareness, and more women getting mammograms.  New medicines in the past 20 years, such as targeted chemotherapy and Tamoxifen, have contributed to increasing breast cancer survival.  Today, there is an increasing trend toward individualized medicine as doctors learn more about tumors and the effectiveness of personalized medicine.  Additionally in the past 20 years, more women are becoming aware of the disease and are going to the doctors when something seems suspicious.  Many are hopeful that this downward trend will continue and even more women will survive a breast cancer diagnosis.

Click here to read the full article.

NHL Alumni to Face Off Against Breast Cancer this March

Posted By on February 16th, 2015 at 8:29 am | 0 comments.

Pucks-with-ProsCalling all ice hockey fans: Join the PA Breast Cancer Coalition for a fun-filled weekend with NHL Alumni at Pucks with Pros on March 6th and 7th! It all gets underway Friday night at Hersheypark’s Coaster Cafe with an exclusive Meet and Greet Hot Stove Party featuring dozens of former pros. Hear the alums tell their stories and bid on some one-of-a-kind silent auction items. The action continues Saturday at the Pucks with Pros Alumni Classic game at Klick Lewis Arena. Want to go?

A limited number of tickets to the Meet and Greet Hot Stove Party are available online at www.PuckswithPros.com for $30.  Tickets are also available for $40 at the door.  Snitz Creek Brewery will supply original beer selections for the event.  On Saturday, pros and their teams are set to challenge each other in a “Fantasy Tournament” at Klick Lewis Arena in Palmyra. Don’t miss it!

Pucks with Pros, organized by Jon Jehrio, has raised more than $90,000 for the PA Breast Cancer Coalition over the years.

Visit www.PuckswithPros.com for information on NHL Alumni lineup and weekend events.  Be sure to spread the word using #PuckswithPros on Twitter and Facebook. We hope to see you there!

Free Program Offers Support, Guidance to Children with Loved Ones Battling Cancer

Posted By on February 16th, 2015 at 8:28 am | 0 comments.

CLIMB-programCLIMB® (Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery) is a FREE program offered by Penn State Hershey Medical Center  and designed to help children cope when someone they love has cancer. Sessions are held over four successive Wednesday evenings and are facilitated by a health care provider trained in caring for families of cancer patients. CLIMB® is open to children between the ages of 5 and 13. Registration ends Feb. 17!

Participants will gain new understanding of cancer and its treatment, and bond with others their age going through the same thing.
WHERE:  Penn State Hershey Breast Center
WHEN:    February 18th, February 25th, March 4th and March 11th
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with dinner provided
To register, call Nicole Cook or Lynn Fantom at 717-531-7492 or email ncook@hmc.psu.edu.
For more information, click here 

PBCC Volunteer, Advocate Finds “ABCs” of Survivorship

Posted By on January 15th, 2015 at 10:29 am | 9 comments.
Cheryl Delsite (left) enjoys sharing laughs with friend and fellow ABCs support group member Karen Byers

Cheryl Delsite (left) enjoys sharing laughs with friend and fellow ABCs support group member Karen Byers

Cheryl Delsite, Northumberland County

At 29, Cheryl Delsite had a modified radical mastectomy to save the radiation from hitting her heart.   She found the lump on her breast in 1990 and didn’t do anything about it until six months later when she went for a yearly checkup. Her doctor sent her for her first mammogram. The lump didn’t show up, so he sent her to a surgeon who thought it might be fibroid tissue. They scheduled surgery to remove it.  The whole time he was saying “You’re too young, there’s no family history…”, but then the preliminary pathology report confirmed that…  She had breast cancer.

“I chose a modified radical mastectomy, because where the lump was any radiation would have hit my heart.  I had just learned that I was pregnant and then I had a miscarriage. When I started treatment, I was told I would probably not be able to have children because of the chemotherapy. Three years later I got pregnant with my daughter Meghan. You should have seen the doctor’s face when I told him!”  Five years after Meghan was born, Cheryl got pregnant with Morgan and then the next year had her son Collin. Now Meghan is a junior at Penn State Altoona, Morgan is a junior at Connections Academy, and Collin is a freshman at Northumberland Christian.

In 2000, Cheryl’s implant ruptured. At that time insurers were only required to cover reconstruction up to six years after breast surgery, although two years later the PBCC’s follow-up legislation would lift that time limit. Her insurance company agreed to cover removing the ruptured implant, but refused to cover the cost of replacing it. Cheryl would have had to go back to wearing a prosthesis.  She reached out to family and friends for advice. Her sister-in-law was working for then Attorney General Tom Corbett. He referred her to First Lady Michele Ridge’s chief of staff. Mrs. Ridge was the PBCC Honorary Chair and she put Cheryl in touch with the PBCC. The PBCC advocated on her behalf to the insurance company. The insurer reversed their original ruling and covered the surgery.

“Through the PBCC I became connected with the ABC’S (All Breast Cancer Survivors) support group and I’m happy to travel from Sunbury to Carlisle PA for our meetings. I love these ladies. Each one of them is in a different stage of their cancer journey and they’re always willing to encourage one another.”

pink ribbon tattoo

Cheryl shows off her pink ribbon tattoo at our PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference.

Cheryl celebrated the 10th anniversary of her breast cancer diagnosis by getting a pink ribbon tattoo on her ankle!

On March 1st Cheryl will be at Penn State for Pink Zone. The first year she went with her daughter, her niece, a cousin and a friend. Now this year there are 40 of them going … all survivors and family members. Cheryl says they have a ball!

“I meet a lot of women when they are newly diagnosed and I tell them to be their own best advocates. Ask questions, get second opinions, and talk with survivors.”
Cheryl and her husband Kevin live with their family in Sunbury PA. She’s worked as administrative assistant for the City of Sunbury in the mayor’s office since 1996. In 2014, Cheryl volunteered over 25 hours for the PBCC at the conference, at the Ta Ta Trot, and by representing the PBCC at a number of other events throughout the state.

PinkZonead

Calling All Survivors! Share Your Story in our New Photo Exhibit

Posted By on January 15th, 2015 at 10:29 am | 0 comments.

PhotoExhibitNewforplThe PA Breast Cancer Coalition is unveiling a brand new photo exhibit and we would love to feature YOU! Our photo exhibit travels the state each year, educating women and families about the importance of early detection. Each exhibit panel features real women who have battled breast cancer from each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. Would you like to participate?

If you would like to be featured in our new photo exhibit, please click on the form here, tell us a little about yourself, your diagnosis and what you would like to share with other women facing breast cancer.  Send the completed form and a high resolution photo to Stacy@PABreastCancer.org or  mail your information and photo to 2397 Quentin Road, Suite B Lebanon, PA 17042.

Thank you for your interest in participating!  The new exhibit will be on display this summer!

Healthy PA Accepting Applications for Health Insurance Coverage

Posted By on January 15th, 2015 at 10:28 am | 0 comments.

healthypapic2forplAre you a Pennsylvania resident living without insurance? If so, you may qualify for Healthy PA, a private coverage option available in our state. Healthy PA expands Medicaid insurance coverage for uninsured adults between the ages of 21 and 64 who earn below 133% of the poverty line. A family of 4 must earn less than $31,728 to qualify.

Click here to find out if you meet the income guidelines.

Click here to learn more about Healthy PA and enrollment.

ACA Ad januarydeadline

Westmoreland County Goes Pink, Unites to Support Survivors

Posted By on January 15th, 2015 at 10:27 am | 0 comments.

Westmoreland Walks

WestmorelandteamsforplOctober was a busy month for our supporters in Westmoreland County! For the 13th consecutive year, Westmoreland Walks blew us away with the Breast Cancer Walk and “Get your PINK On” awareness events throughout their communities. In total, Westmoreland Walks raised over $42,000 for the PA Breast Cancer Coalition and our programs and services for breast cancer survivors! The PBCC would like to thank the Westmoreland Walks Board of Directors President Kathy Brown, PBCC Board Member Kelly Urbani, and ALL of the ladies who work tirelessly on this event throughout the year to make it such a success! These volunteers truly continue to make a difference one step at a time for survivors, families, researchers and breast cancer advocates! This event also inspires others in the Westmoreland County community to contribute during breast cancer awareness month.

 

Greater Latrobe Aqua Club
GreaterlatrobeforplFor the past 5 years, the Greater Latrobe Aqua Club has held a Swim-a-Thon, with proceeds benefiting the PBCC. This year, under the leadership of club President Beth Jackson, they donated $2,313 from their event! Westmoreland County has now grown to host a whole handful of annual events that benefit the PBCC! We are grateful for this tight-knit, community-minded region in Western PA!

Hand Knits for Hope: Free Hats for Cancer Patients

Posted By on January 15th, 2015 at 10:26 am | 11 comments.

bopeepsbonnetsBo Peep’s Bonnets is the creative result of a Lancaster County daughter’s search for stylish hats for her mother to wear during her chemo treatment. Danielle (a.k.a. Bo Peep) decided to fill the need she saw for winter hats by using her own knitting skills to come up with beautiful hats designs. Now, several years later, Bo Peep’s Bonnets offers a free hat to any woman experiencing hair loss through chemotherapy treatments. How can you apply?

Simply fill out the request: http://bopeepsbonnets.com/handknitsforhope/ You even get to choose from a dozen different designs!

And for you knitters, a few free hat patterns:
http://bopeepsbonnets.com/free-chemo-hat-patterns/